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Make Your Mouse Left-Handed

How To Change The Settings To Slow Your Mouse Down, Make The Mouse Left-Handed And Enlarge The Mouse Pointer.

 

How to make your mouse easier to use

 

There are a number of ways you can adapt your computer to make it easier to use the mouse. These guides explain how to customise your operating system (Windows or Mac), so that you can use the mouse more easily with your left hand, as well as how to slow down the mouse pointer and increase the delay between clicks when you want to double-click the mouse.

Here is a way to do this…

  • Make your mouse left-handed

Change the settings in your operating system to switch the functions of the left and right buttons on your mouse.

  1. Windows 7
  2. Mac OS X

How To Make The Mouse Left-Handed In Windows 7

This page explains step-by-step how to make the mouse left-handed in Windows 7. By default, your mouse is set up for a right-handed person, with the primary button on the left. However, you can swap the function of the mouse buttons from the default left click, so that a right click is instead used for selection and dragging. You’ll just need to remember to press the opposite button to what is called for when you are following instructions (for example, if you are requested to right-click on something).

Note: The ‘Ease of Access Center’ has replaced ‘Accessibility Options’ (which was used in earlier versions of Windows) in the ‘Control Panel’ of Windows 7.

Step 1: Open the ‘Mouse Properties’ window

Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select ‘Personalize‘, to open the ‘Personalization’ window. In the left-hand pane, click on ‘Change Mouse Pointers‘ to open the ‘Mouse Properties’ window shown in Fig 2. If you are unable to do this, use the following alternative method. Otherwise, go to Step 2.

Open the Ease of Access Center window by pressing the Windows key + U, or by clicking the ‘Start‘ button, followed by ‘Control Panel‘, then ‘Ease of Access‘, then ‘Ease of Access Center‘. Under the ‘Explore all settings’ header, click on ‘Make the mouse easier to use‘ (as shown in Fig 1), or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Fig 1

In the ‘Make the mouse easier to use’ window, scroll down to the ‘See also’ header and click on ‘Mouse settings‘, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter. This will open the ‘Mouse Properties’ window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2

Step 2: Swap the primary and secondary mouse buttons

If it is not already selected, click on the ‘Buttons‘ tab, or press Tab until any of the tabs is highlighted and then use the arrow keys to select the ‘Buttons‘ tab.

Under the ‘Button configuration’ header, tick the box next to ‘Switch primary and secondary buttons‘ by clicking on it, or press Alt + S to tick it.

Click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter to finish.



How To Make The Mouse Left-Handed In Mac OS X

This page explains step-by-step how to make the mouse left-handed in Mac OS X. Unless you have a single-button mouse, your mouse is set up for a right-handed person by default, with the primary button on the left. However, you can swap the function of the mouse buttons from the default left click, so that a right click is instead used for selection and dragging. You’ll just need to remember to press the opposite button to what is called for when you are following instructions (for example, if you are requested to right-click on something).

Note: The following abbreviations for keys on the Mac are used: Ctrl is used for the Control key, Apple is used for the Command key, and Alt is used for the Option key. For keyboard access, make sure ‘Full keyboard access’ is turned on – you can turn it on or off by pressing Ctrl + F1 at any time.

Step 1: Open the ‘Keyboard & Mouse’ window

Make sure you are in ‘Finder’. If necessary, press Apple + Tab to cycle through the open applications until you return to ‘Finder’.

Click on the ‘Apple‘ icon on the menu bar or press Ctrl + F2.

Click on ‘System Preferences‘, as shown in Fig 1, or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press Enter.

Fig 1

In the ‘System Preferences’ window (shown in Fig 2), click on the ‘Keyboard & Mouse‘ icon, or press Tab repeatedly (you might need to press Ctrl + F7 first) to cycle through the icons until the ‘Keyboard & Mouse‘ icon is highlighted and then press the Spacebar.

Fig 2

Step 2: Swap the primary and secondary mouse buttons

In the ‘Keyboard & Mouse’ window, make sure the ‘Mouse‘ tab is selected. If it is not, click on it, or press Ctrl + F7 to highlight one of the tabs and then press the left or right arrow key to select it. Depending on the mouse you are using, you will see something like the window shown in Fig 3, which shows the default button settings for a right-handed person.

Fig 3

Click on the drop-down button to the right of the picture of the mouse and select ‘Primary Button‘ from the list, or press Tab until the drop-down button is highlighted and then use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the options.

Click on the drop-down button to the left of the picture of the mouse and select ‘Secondary Button‘ from the list, or press Tab until the drop-down button is highlighted and then use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the options.

(If you prefer to use your mouse as if it had a single button, select ‘Primary Button‘ from the drop-down lists to both the right and the left of the picture of the mouse.)

You can also change the function of the side buttons and scroll ball (or scroll wheel), if your mouse has these.

When you are finished, click on the window’s red close button or press Apple + W.


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